The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh

By Martin McDonagh

Whereas nonetheless in his twenties, the Anglo-Irish playwright Martin McDonagh has stuffed homes in big apple and London, been showered with the theatre world's such a lot prestigious accolades, and electrified audiences along with his cunningly crafted and outrageous tragicomedies. With echoes of Stoppard and Kafka, his most modern drama, The Pillowman, is the viciously humorous and heavily demanding story of a author in an unnamed totalitarian nation who's interrogated in regards to the grotesque content material of his brief tales and their similarities to a couple of child-murders taking place in his town.

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Katurian plays the blind man. ) She mixed a little of her spittle in the dust and rubbed it over his eyes. He reported her to the police for rubbing dust and spittle in his eyes, and when her foster-parents got her back from the police station they said to her ... FOSTER PARENTS. So you want to be just like Jesus, do you? KATURIAN. ) And they stared at her a little while. And then it started. ) Her foster47 mother embedded in her daughters head a crown of thorns made of barbed wire, because she was too lazy to make a proper crown of thorns, while her foster-father whipped her with a cat-o'-nine tails, and after an hour or two of that, they asked her, when she regained consciousness ...

KATURIAN. Well, the Pillowman had to look like this, he had to look soft and safe, because of his job, because his job was a very sad and a very difficult one ... MICHAL. Uh-oh, here it comes ... 30 KATURIAN. Whenever a man or a lady was very very sad because they'd had a dreadful and hard life and they just wanted to end it all, they just wanted to take their own lives and take all the pain away, well, just as they were about to do it, by razor, or by bullet, or by gas, or ... MICHAL. Or by jumping off of something big.

MICHAL. Oh. Sorry, Katurian. ) But could you skip on to the end please? KATURIAN. ) Well ... the end of the Pillowman ... See, when the Pillowman was successful in his work, a little child would die horrifìcally. And when the Pillowman was unsuccessful, a little child would have a horrific life, grow into an adult who'd also have a horrific life, and then die horrifìcally. So, the Pillowman, as big as he was and as fluffy as he was, he'd just go around crying all day long, his house'd be just puddles everywhere, so he decided to do just one final job and that'd be it.

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